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Thursday November 19, 2015

Bike to show support for White Ribbon

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By Nikki Papatsoumas

Men are encouraged to jump on their mountain bikes and show their support for White Ribbon Day this year. The White Ribbon Mountain Bike Relay will take place this weekend at the Hataitai Velodrome and Mt Victoria trails. White Ribbon Day falls on November 25 and is the official day when people wear a white ribbon to show that they do not condone violence in any form towards women and children. This weekend’s event is organised to show support for White Ribbon Day and encourage men to show they do not condone family violence. It is a fun way to support a serious issue. Janet Bagshaw, Coordinator of the TeRito Wellington Family Violence Network said this was the third year they had run the three hour long mountain bike relay. Te Rito is a network of 32 agencies which work with family violence on a daily basis. “The riders and teams see how many circuits they can achieve in three hours. The start is at the Velodrome and goes up around the Mt Victoria trail.” Janet said the record was an impressive 17 circuits in three hours. “It has grown in interest each

From left, Liam Tanner and Joeline Arundel from the Family Violence Team, Detective Sergeant Michael Priston, the family violence coordinator for the Wellington area and Janet Bagshaw from TeRito.

year. Last year it turned into more of a family event where people brought along their family and hung out in the Velodrome. Janet said the day was also great for families, with Pedal Ready on the velodrome to give tuition to children as well as a bouncy castle for their enjoyment. There will also be lots of prizes and spot prizes given out on the day, one of them for the ‘best dressed’ rider. Constable Joeline Arundel from the Family Violence Team at New Zealand Police said this year teams from Police, Ministry for Primary Industries, the Defence Force, The Fire Service and Wellington Free Ambulance would all

take part in the relay. “There is sure to be a little bit of competitiveness on the day,” Joeline said. She also called on members of the community to help out by volunteering on the day.  If you are interested in volunteering or would like more information, please contact Janet at TeRito@maoriwomensrefuge.org.nz The White Ribbon Mountain Bike Relay will take place on Sunday, November 22. Those interested can register on the day from 8am. $10 per rider or $20 for a team of up to four people. Cash only.

STATISTICS • 1 in 3 women experience physical and or sexual violence from a partner in their lifetime • New Zealand Police recorded a family violence investigation on average every five and a half minutes in 2014 • An average of 13 women, 10 men and 9 children were killed each year between 2009 and 2012 • Family violence is estimated to cost New Zealand between $4.1 and $7 billion each year

Raising funds for the Mary Potter Hospice Five Farmers stores across Wellington will be raising funds for the Mary Potter Hospice. T h e c a m p a ig n c a l l e d ‘Caring Connections in our Community’ ref lects the community based nature of hospice services and Farmers connection to the community. There are two ways that peo-

ple can support the Hospice at Farmers stores – through the ‘Tree of Remembrance’ or by purchasing a specially designed hand painted bauble. The Tree of Remembrance is an opportunity to remember someone special who has died. Everyone who makes a donation will receive a card to

write their personal message on, they can then place it on the dedicated remembrance tree that is in each store. There are also two baubles available for purchase– designed by iconic New Zealand artists Michel Tuffery and Letita Lam. Hospice spokesperson Graham Ford said all funds

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Mayoral message of “care and concern” The Mayor of Wellington Celia Wade-Brown has extended condolences from the capital city to the Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, in the wake of Friday’s terrorist attack. “Our care and concern has been extended to the Mayor of Paris and all French citizens through New Zealand’s French Ambassador, Florence Jeanblanc-Risler and directly to the mayor’s office in Paris,” she said. Last Sunday the French tricolour flew at half-mast above the Wellington City Council building and the Michael Fowler Centre was lit up in French colours.

Bomb Threat The Wellington District Court was evacuated on Tuesday morning after it received a bomb threat. Police said after conducting a search of the Bunny St building they could confirm no suspicious items were found. Police said a Wellington man, who is known to them, was spoken to in relation to the threat.

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Cara, a 33-year-old Chimpanzee at Wellington Zoo, underwent surgery at The Nest on Saturday after persistent ear infections plagued her health. The ear canal ablation surgery, which involved removing the entire ear canal, was conducted by ear nose and throat surgeon, Dr Rebecca Garland after previous treatment methods proved futile. Dr Garland said surgery went smoothly, however, Cara had lost a significant level of hearing.

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